Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1685: Otto Seelig Custom Shotgun 12

Auction Date: September 7, 2012

Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Otto Seelig Custom Grade Over and Under Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Otto Seelig Custom Grade Over and Under Shotgun

Manufacturer: Otto Seelig
Model: Custom Shotgun
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 238
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is a nice example of a relief engraved and gold inlaid Otto Seelig shotgun. The shotgun features double red bead sights on the matte solid rib marked "OTTO SEELIG, WIESBADEN" in a panel near the breech and "MADE IN GERMANY" on the left side of the rib. 2 3/4 inch chambers, chokes gauge at full/extra full, (an attached Abercrombie & Fitch tag lists the chokes at strong modified/full), with ejectors. The left rear of the upper barrel is nitro proofed and the side feature relief floral vine engraving. The scalloped box lock action, break lever and forearm latch assembly are engraved with a relief floral vine design with twenty gold inlaid game birds and a fox on the sides and bottom. Double cross bolt, cocking indicators, tang mounted automatic safety, double triggers with hinged front trigger and horn trigger guard. Blue barrels and casehardened remaining parts, and mounted with a nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut two piece forearm and pistol grip stock with relief engraved grip cap, checkered flats, cheek piece, leather covered English recoil pad and gold initial oval inscribed "P". The attached Abercrombie & Fitch tag lists the features of the shotgun. Length of pull is 14 3/4 inches, drop at the heel 2 3/8 inches and drop at the comb 1 3/8 inches.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrels retain 95% original blue finish with some thinning to a smooth plum on each side of the lower barrel at the muzzle. There are some flashes of the original case colors on the top of the engraving, otherwise the action has a dark brown appearance. The wood is also excellent with some overall scattered minor dings and handling marks. The engraving is sharp. Mechanically excellent.

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